Tuesday

July 11

A MAN must know many things first, before he be able truly and judiciously to judge of another man's action.

MARCUS AURELIUS. MEDITATIONS. Book ix. 16.


IF anyone tells you that such a person speaks ill of you, do not make excuses about what is said of you, but answer : "He doth not know my other faults, else he would not have mentioned only these."

EPICTETUS. MANUAL. 46.


OUT of Antisthenes. "It is a princely thing to do well, and to be ill spoken of. It is a shameful thing that the face should be subject unto the mind, to be put into what shape it will, and to be dressed by it as it will ; and that the mind should not bestow so much care upon herself, as to fashion herself, and to dress herself as best becometh her."

MARCUS AURELIUS. MEDITATIONS. Book vii. 24.

3 comments:

  1. Our society is so obsessed with appearance and yet no care is taken to have a beautiful mind or a beautiful soul.
    The nurture of the body is very important but no less important is the nurture if the mind and the soul. Let us strive for the best of things, natural beauty, a well nourished mind and a thriving soul.

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  2. We spend so much time caring for our physical appearance, shaving and shaping, covering and highlighting, cleansing and perfuming, so that we might appear pleasing to the eye. We should spend as much time on our minds, watching and learning, considering and meditating, realizing and empathizing. Then we would reveal our truest self, pleasing to the soul and helpful to others. - Inspired by Marcus Aurelius

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  3. If anyone points out a few of my faults I should be thankful that they haven't mentioned all of them! Epictetus had a great sense of perspective and humour.

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